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Mets to interview Oquendo

Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:55 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2010 9:56 pm

We keep hearing that the Mets' managerial search is winding down, but then it keeps winding back up. Friday morning there was a report that the field had been narrowed to three "leading candidates": Terry Collins, Bob Melvin and Clint Hurdle.

However, the Mets aren't even done with the first round of interviews yet. On Friday afternoon, Cardinals third-base coach Jose Oquendo confirmed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is scheduled to interview with the team on Monday. The Mets reached out to the Cardinals this week for permission to interview Oquendo.

"Managing in the big leagues is something I hope to do. The opportunity to interview with the Mets is exciting," Oquendo said.

Oquendo, 46, has been St. Louis manager Tony La Russa's third-base coach for 11 seasons. He previously has interviewed for managerial jobs in Seattle and San Diego.

-- David Andriesen

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